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i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. >>> please join us for the live edition of "countdown" every week night at 8:00 p.m. >>> tackling tax cuts. president obama sets the stage for a showdown with prens over plans to stimulate the economy. >>> devastation in detroit, flames sweep through dozens of homes in michigan. >>> and officials take no chances with a toy pony bomb square. >>> this is "first look" on msnbc. we begin this morning with getting personal. president obama will dig deep during a speech in cleveland today where, according to administration officials, he'll draw on his own personal background to convince voters that he knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. tracy potts joins us with more from washington on how the president plans to boost the economy. >> republican leader john boehner and in a region hit hard by unemployment. the president is expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy. individuals earning overed 200,000 and couples over $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation pr
elections in november. nbc's tracie potts joins us. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: what to do about taxes. the senate confirmed what the house already said, this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november. not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls, however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america, a government that's too big, they say is something they want to get rid of if they're elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures that
i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. please join us for the live edition of "countdown" every weeknight at 8:00 eastern/5:00 pacific. >>> sounding off. president obama goes face to face with americans frustrated with the economic slump. >>> feline fiasco. a woman in england faces the music for tossing a cat into a garbage bin. >>> and terror in the stands. horrifying moments as a bleacher packed with spectators collapses in brazil. good morning, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with on the defensive. at a town hall held by cnbc in the nation's capital, president obama held his ground while frustrated citizens took turns taking shots at his economic strategy. the president repeatedly defended his policies while fielding pointed questions from americans who fear the worst from the economy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> quite frankly, i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration. >> reporter: self-described obama supporters laid into him live on cnbc's t
accomplished in iraq, and the 143rd day since the deep horizon disaster in the gulf. please join us for the live edition of "countdown" weeknights at 8:00 p.m. be there. >>> deadly inferno. an explosion rocks a san francisco area neighborhood sending flames tearing through dozens of homes. >>> good samaritan to the rescue. a man tackles a bank robbery suspect in wisconsin. >>> and most giving. which countries are the most generous? >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with chaos in california. a thundering explosion in the san francisco suburb of san bruno triggered a wind-swept fire yesterday and continues this morning. incinerating at least 53 homes and killing at least one person. a natural gas pipeline exploded in the area thursday evening, one person is confirmed dead, at least 25 are injured and are being treated at area hospitals. fire officials estimate at least 100 residents have been sent to area shelters. as of now, at least 120 homes have been damaged. after the blast, flames were
the blownout well. behind the worst oil spill in u.s. history. and for more on that, we go to nbc's kristen dahlgren in venice, louisiana. good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, lynn. day 150 and that relief well they started drilling shortly after this all started has finally intersected with the well some 2 1/2 miles beneath the floor of the gulf. in a statement late last night, the incident commander said the two wells were now connected and that the next step is to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanently seal it off. obviously, good news for people in this area. really just one step in their recovery. oil here continues to wash ashore. this week, evidence of a massive fish kill here. thousands of dead fish. take a look at these pictures. almost looks like a gravel road there. scientists say it's not uncommon at this time of year and it was caused by lack of oxygen. people here continue to ask for proof that the oil and dispersent didn't play into that. tony hayward, who inflamed so many tempers here, defend bp's safety record this week as he testified in britain. h
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